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2019 Events at The Walled Gardens at Croome Court


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Series of Art Exhibitions on Display in The Walled Gardens

We are delighted to be hosting a series of outdoor sculpture and indoor art exhibitions this year. They will showcase the work of talented and creative artists and provide inspiration for garden and art lovers alike. All exhibits will be available to purchase.

Friday 19th April 2019 to Sunday 9th June 2019

Meet the Artist – Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists behind the work on Saturday 20th April 2019. Please note that the images below are examples of artists work and may not feature in the exhibition.

Outside Exhibition: Ian Marlow

Sculptor Ian Marlow is based in Somerset and a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors.

There is a bold freshness in Ian’s use of stainless steel which he often accents with other materials such as corten, glass and powder-coating. His work is inspired by natural forms and it’s this acknowledgement of nature which gives his sculptures their universal appeal.

There is a natural fluidity to Ian’s work which allows his sculptures to sit so easily into both traditional and contemporary settings, both interior and exterior. Ian exhibits widely and is regularly commissioned by corporate and public bodies as well as private clients.

“The texture I add to the steel sculptures makes them shimmer playfully as you move around them and as the daylight changes and the seasons alter. It picks up the colours from its surroundings so subtly that you hardly notice it, but when you look into their curved forms its there, waiting for you”.

Ian Marlow – Lily

Outside Exhibition: Angela Palmer

Angela’s work is a direct response to the human figure. Fascinated by the spirit the figure conveys, it is the essence of being human that Angela is expressing in her sculpture.

Angela’s approach to her work always involves the direct observation of another human being. Working mainly with female models, as she feels a direct connection with them, she believes there to be an unspoken communication between artist and model which helps to express this empathy in her work.

Angela’s sculptures will enhance the experience of being amongst the beautiful plants and promote that sense of calm and oneness with nature which one can feel in a special space like a walled garden. Ever anxious that her work should retain the traces of how it is originally made, so that there is a directness and honesty in the modelling and mark-making, Angela follows a careful process. Her sculptures are made in clay directly from a model and then cast into resin, into which bronze metal powder has been incorporated. Each piece is frost-proof and because the bronze metal is exposed at the surface, the patination will continue to develop over years of exposure to the weather.

Angela Palmer – Misty

Visitor Centre Exhibition: Frans Wesselman

Raised and trained in the Netherlands, Frans is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers whose paintings, etchings and stained glass each tell a story.

Frans is inspired by literature, Shakespeare, the bible and poetry. Sometimes his own experiences are the beginning of a series of sketchbook scribbles that lead to a finished piece. He also draws inspiration from nature and, though that rarely leads to a finished piece, it underpins everything else.

Frans explores different disciplines. Not having made wood cuts since his college days, Frans took it up again a few years ago and is now enjoying working with the flat colours and strong, bold lines. In etching he enjoys the subtlety of detail that can be achieved with line and aqua tint. And in stained glass it is the combination of the colours of the glass with the drawn and painted detail, as well as its origin in the narrative medieval tradition, that he finds particularly attractive. “Art is based in one’s attitude to life, and in both I muddle on, making many mistakes, sometimes getting things right. I always try to make the work more direct, better conceived and more spontaneously drawn or painted. For better or for worse, my present work is the result.”

Frans Wesselman – Melville goes fishing

Visitor Centre Cabinet Exhibition: Sharon McSwiney

Sharon McSwiney has been designing and making her work successfully for nearly 30 years. Originally from Worcestershire, Sharon now lives and works in St Ives.

Sharon creates a range of jewellery and metalwork inspired by the sea. Working in copper and brass, she handcrafts decorative wall pieces featuring seaweed and sea creatures with soft verdigris finishes. Local beach combing providing endless inspiration for limpet and seaweed jewellery. Seahorses and mermaid designs also feature in Sharon’s work with the soft verdigris finishes and colouration making each creation a one-off. Inspired by the nature around her, Sharon also produces leaves and birds in rich copper and brass finishes with etched decorative details. Quirky jewellery featuring British wildlife such as foxes and hares is also a popular range – and a new ‘Crazy Cat’ collection of jewellery reflects Sharon’s love of felines too!

Sharon McSwiney – seaweed detail

Friday 14th June 2019 to Sunday 4th August 2019

Meet the Artist – Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists behind the work on Saturday 15th June 2019. Please note that the images below are examples of artists work and may not feature in the exhibition.

Outside Exhibition: Laura Hickman

Laura Hickman is a sculptor and painter who works from her studio in South Staffordshire. Described as cutting edge and contemporary, Laura Hickman’s commissions have included private collectors and public organisations such as Birmingham Conservation Trust.

Travel and Eastern culture have inspired Laura’s more recent work; the wood adorned with gold in Thailand and the simplicity of Japanese art and garden design are evident.

Made from reclaimed or sustainably sourced wood, and purposely minimal in form, the shake is carved suggesting the flow of water through fractures, as occurs in nature. Gold leaf highlights and accentuates; circular holes act as an entry and illuminated glimpse of what is beyond. The wood speaks as it is worked, evolving from its naturally aged flaws, transformed into sculpture.

Laura’s work is varied but carries a consistency of simplicity, often reflecting or celebrating nature and the organic in its composition.

Outside exhibition: Jeannette Therrien

Jeannette Therrien studied ceramics and glass making 20 years ago and has been teaching and making beautiful pieces ever since. Based in Ogbourne St. George, near Marlborough, Jeannette’s use of vibrant colours are inspired by the countryside that surrounds her.

Jeannette’s work reflects the colours, light and movement found in outdoor spaces and is enhanced by the variety of textures which can be created by the use of glass pieces cut or ground to introduce a depth to the patterns and shapes.

Renowned for her abstract flowers, leaves and butterflies, Jeannette’s work adds a welcome splash of colour to any garden, each piece individually made and therefore completely unique.

Visitor centre exhibition: Joe McLaren

Joe McLaren is an artist and illustrator living and working in Pershore. Born in 1981, he graduated with a BA Hons in Illustration from the University of Brighton in 2003.

He is best known for his work in the field of book illustration, having contributed covers for editions of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series and J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter, as well as a great many classic and contemporary titles for Penguin, HarperCollins, Oxford, Folio, Faber and others. He has also made regular contributions to the Times, The Evening Standard and various magazines.

Joe works mainly with scraperboard – a medium developed in the 19th Century for press reproduction, and prized for its immediacy and contrast. It produces an image with similarities to woodcut or linocut, but with the capacity for great delicacy of line as well as bold texture.

Joe’s self-initiated work is often concerned with landscape, folklore and history. Having grown up in the Vale of Evesham, and having recently returned to the area, he has a renewed appreciation for the surrounding country and the history it embodies and retells. As an illustrator, he is also concerned with story. Much of his landscape work contains suggestions of a narrative, with characters and symbolic elements enigmatically framed within in a dramatic setting.

Visitor centre exhibition – Neil Spalding

Ceramicist Neil Spalding creates stunning models of buildings in clay. He is a member of the Guild of Herefordshire Craftsmen

Buildings have fascinated Neil for years. He suggests this is because he grew up among the ‘grimy’, smoke-filled industrial sites of South Lancashire. Perhaps it was their distinctive shape where function was the most important element in their design? These buildings, and the men, women and children who worked in them, are an important part of our history and heritage, and the inspiration behind Neil’s work.

Some years ago Neil decided to combine his pottery skills with his interest in industrial history. Together, with a new found interest in raku firing, he began making models of industrial buildings. This has now expanded to include agricultural and other types of buildings. The models are not exact replicas but they are his interpretation.

Each model is hand made and hand decorated. No moulds or sprays are used and the most complex is made out of nearly sixty separate pieces. Extraordinary.

Neil Spalding

Friday 9th August 2019 to Sunday 29th September2019

Meet the Artist – Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists behind the work on Saturday 10th August 2019. Please note that the images below are examples of artists work and may not feature in the exhibition.

Outside Exhibition: Darren Rumley

Born of a love of sculpture, both natural and man-made, Darren Rumley creates beautiful and functional work. Each piece unique and made by hand in his Stroud workshop, using various processes, materials and techniques.

Darren enjoys the challenge of bringing his ideas to fruition. He has always been creative, starting out many years ago as a painter. Darren always loved sculpture and other art forms but wanted to create something beautiful that could actually be used, something that feels as good as it looks. Drawn to the possibilities that concrete seemed to have, Darren was keen to discover what he could do with it and how he could work with it to create functional art.

Darren’s work is constantly evolving as he explores concrete as an art form, as well as a functional medium. Darren regularly exhibits his work at RHS shows and his work has been commissioned for Chelsea Flower Show, by triple gold award winning Sarah Eberle.

Darren Rumley

Outside Exhibition: Claudia Petley and Paul Shepherd

After more than twenty years of traditional blacksmithing, making gates, railings and candlesticks, Claudia and Paul decided to follow their love of nature and take this as their inspiration.

This fairly new direction has led then to design and make a range of sculptures focusing on birds and wildlife. Their sculptures are made from forged, shaped and welded steel which is then galvanised, etched and allowed to weather naturally.

Sharing a studio and forge, Claudia and Paul have developed a unique working relationship where both create pieces individually and together. Their work captures the intrinsic essence and character of the subject; the serenity of a barn owl, the rowdiness of a crow and the comedic strut of a chicken.

Claudia Petley and Paul Shepherd

Visitor centre exhibition – Kate Wrigglesworth

There are two strands to Kate’s practice; one predominantly in gouache and watercolour and the other in oil and acrylics on a larger scale. Subject and technique overlap and have a decorative content.

Kate has a background in theatre design which continues to influence her painting through an interest in narrative and theatricality; involving characters in landscape or interiors. Kate has considerable training in modern dance, which she also teaches, which accounts for the lyrical elements of her practice involving movement, expressive marks and colour. Kate has been known to create performance using dance, mime and movement to accompany her paintings which were used as stage sets.

The subject matter that Kate uses includes rural landscapes such as forests, woodland, hills and gardens which can set the scenes for imagined stories or narratives from folklore and mythology.

The decorative aspects have their origins in embroidery, samplers and tapestry; the repeat patterns are symbols and motifs derived from flora and fauna; grid lines and marks resembling knitting and sewing patterns. This is a subject that Kate is continuing to explore.

“Whilst my designs aren’t overtly feminist there are influences that come from traditional crafts created by women.”

Kate Wrigglesworth

Visitor centre exhibition – Ali Tregaskes

Ali is a contemporary jewellery designer/maker, based in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire and originally from Cornwall. Ali studied at Hereford College of Art as a mature student, fulfilling a long awaited passion to work with metal. She started working with metal sculpture, slowly scaling things down over the years and now creating jewellery, which still retains a sculptural quality to it.

Ali works from a lovely workshop with other designer makers around her. She specialises in etched and oxidised silver jewellery, using occasional accents of 18ct gold. Combining her love of photography with her metal work, Ali uses her images of nature, architecture and coast to create the etchings. The silver etching has largely been self-taught. Other techniques Ali employs include oxidising, saw piercing, soldering and granulation.

Ali creates jewellery that appeals to both men and women. Her collections are entirely handcrafted; each piece individual and unique. Ali is a member of the Worcester Guild of Contemporary Craft, Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craftsmen and Jewellery and Silver Society of Oxford. “All of my pieces have an honest feel to them; a solid and enduring quality whilst also retaining a delicacy, which I think comes from the fineness of the etching.”